Mon 26 Mar 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , , , | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Small Beer Press

Last Wednesday some of us here trundled down the glorious winter roads to New York to the KGB Bar to see Carol Emshwiller and David Louis Edelman read. Both readers were worth getting the matched pair out and the (somewhat long) curricle ride. And is there anything more beautiful than the rural fields of Stamford and the rolling hills of New Haven on the approach to the glittering metropolis of New York?

However, despite the lovely readings and the feast following the reading, we left with something unexpected: a “Devil Bug of Doom” (copyright Gwenda Bond) which had us shaking like Elvis for a couple of days. Or maybe just Shakin’ Stevens.

Things You the Reader Could Do*:

Send us the new Adobe Creative Suite…? MacRumors says the pricing will be released tomorrow — which is far enough ahead of the software packages’ ship dates (which run April to June) for us to get over the sticker shock. We are using new (for us, maybe 6 months old now) MacBooks (tiny, cute computers!) and PhotoShop and InDesign run a bit slow so these upgrades are much anticipated. The Design package is what we’re looking at:

CS3 Design Premium (up) $1799.95
CS3 Design Standard $1199.95

…although we might be able to get an upgrade from PhotoShop 7 for only $900. So, Johnny, you know how we promised to take you to DissMeLand for your birthday this year? Small Beer says, Sorry Kid, maybe next year, maybe never. Don’t cry kid. Aw.

* If you were perhaps either stuck in traffic for 36 hours and bored out your head. Or just a little more than tipsy. Or a crazy stalker**. Or just wealthy. Or just plain crazy.

** We don’t have any of these, yay!

In other news:

  • John Crowley’s Endless Things received one of its first big reviews in Book Forum: “With Endless Things and the completion of the Ægypt cycle, Crowley has constructed one of the finest, most welcoming tales contemporary fiction has to offer us.”
  • Liz Hand (whose novel is will shipped from the printer next week) is part of a new group blog, the inferior 4 +1.
  • Matt Cheney posted the contents for the first Best American Fantasy anthology which includes Kelly’s “Origin Story” from A Public Space, Liz Hand’s “The Saffron Gatherer”, as well as a ton of other great stories.
  • Happy to see that Michael Dirda’s Washington Post piece was run by the Austin American Stateman this weekend.
  • Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.

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  1. neil williamson on March 26th, 2007 9:06 am

    Amen to that, brother!

    >>Did Scotland actually win at football? Reports say the final score in some kind of European tourney was Scotland 2, Georgia 1. But we were in Georgia recently, in Atlanta, and while the accents were strong, they did not seem to be Europeans (and I could have sworn we drove, so how did we cross the water?). Scotland play Italy on Wednesday. You never know. Unless you’re a Scotland fan.

  2. India on March 27th, 2007 12:04 pm

    Isn’t somebody there an educator or educatee? The academic pricing for Creative Suite has been very reasonable for the last several versions–under $400.

  3. lcrw on March 27th, 2007 2:17 pm

    India,

    there may be a way to get the eduprices since some of our users may be people in the middle of their edumacations.

    Creative Suite 3 Design Premium
    * Preorder US$599

    Creative Suite 3 Design Standard
    * Preorder US$399
    http://www.adobe.com/education/products/creativesuite/design/

  4. Jerry Cullum on March 29th, 2007 12:01 pm

    Great joke. But we have so many cultural exchanges between here and the Republic of Georgia it isn’t funny. Usually under titles like “Georgia to Georgia,” which must cause great confusion when translated, since the name of the country would revert to the native “Sakartvelo,” leaving everyone in Tbilisi wondering why the State of Georgia is so fond of a place like the Sakartvelos Respublika.

    The other question (and I do know the answer) being why a currently still-constituent part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has its own national team.

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